ESPN has said that it will broadcast when players protest, as well as show the "black national anthem," during upcoming games.
"Our policy is to cover the anthem when it's newsworthy. That's not going to change," ESPN Executive Vice President of Event and Studio Production Stephanie Druley told reporters. "We are going to continue as we've done with the NBA and the WNBA. We will cover social justice movements, actions, as they happen. We're not going to shy away from that."
The sports network normally shows the honor guard and singing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" before games. For its double-header Monday Night Football opening, it will also broadcast "Life Ev'ry Voice and Sing," a song generally known as the black national anthem.
"Look, we're going to keep our main rule, which is when it intersects with sports, we're going to cover it, and look, we don't see the social justice movement as being political. It's social justice," said Druley, adding that she is unsure if they will show the anthem for half the season or just a few games.
? Monday Night Football is slotted to start on September 14, with the Giants facing the Steelers and the Titans going up against the Broncos.